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Got a question about popular music? If it was written or recorded prior to 2006 when the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. was written, you're likely to find the answer here. We've kept copies of previous editions in our reference collection for years, but now this online edition makes the work easy to access from anywhere with your KCPL library card and PIN.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. logo: Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.

Over 27,000 total entries – from Bing Crosby to Crosby, Stills and Nash; from the Shangri Las to Nirvana; from Bob Marley to Johnny Cash. Larkin has expanded his encyclopedia, which talks about groups and types of music. Not just rock and roll: comprehensive coverage of popular music of all genres and times, including jazz, country, folk, rap, musicals, world music, and more! There is also a song index to find every song mentioned.

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In the articles you'll find albums, songs, groups, and group members extensively cross-linked, so if you're a music lover be prepared to spend some time surfing this exhaustive resource.

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In Our Collection

New music CDs

Are you a die-hard music fan, constantly searching for new sounds? Find the latest music we've collected in this convenient list.

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Recommended Websites

All Music Guide

All Music Guide is the experts' guide to the best recordings from thousands of artists in all types of music. Search by genre (music styles), artists (with great biographies and discographies), albums, song titles, record labels, and more. KCPL's approved source for ordering!


Billboard magazine's web site will give you the latest information on the top albums and songs, daily music news, reviews and more!

Bluegrass Unlimited

Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine is the first of its type. Created in 1966, this publication is dedicated to the furtherance of bluegrass and old-time country musicians, devotees and associates.

Blues Revue

Blues Revue is West Virginia's own magazine with a nationwide audience that reviews latest and historical recordings of blues artists across America. Use their site to find out about blues festivals, upcoming TV programs devoted to the blues, latest news in the blues world and more information.

Clay Center

Clay Center: Check out West Virginia's newest venue for musical programming and upcoming events.

Graffiti Online

Graffiti Online: West Virginia's entertainment guide that provides links to local entertainment (search by city), columns and archive issues!

Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage: West Virginia's own music venue with a nationwide audience! Check site for upcoming programs, calendar of playlists, broadcasts on radio and TV, merchandise.

National Public Radio

National Public Radio: Check out NPR's website for play lists, music reviews, and more. Find broadcast information on their programs ("All Things Considered," "Motley Fool Radio Show," "Fresh Air" and more).


Pollstar: Lets you search for your favorite artist's tour dates, what's happening in your specific city or venue, concert reviews and links to other sites.

WV Public Broadcasting

WV Public Broadcasting: Find out what you were listening too by looking up the daily play list, programming and featured broadcasts.

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